Halton Home News - Summer 2014

  • Selling Your Home this Spring in Oakville or Burlington Ontario4 Things That Turn Off Home Buyers

    If you're in the market to sell your home, how your home is presented to the public is of paramount importance. There are a number of things that buyers are looking for, as well as a variety of things that turn them off. Here are 4 things that will make home buyers walk out the door just as fast as they came in.
    1. A House That Stinks
    No one wants to hang around a place that is filled with a foul odor. Bad smells are a big turn off, especially kitchen or pet odors. It's important to avoid cooking greasy or fried foods while your house is on the market, and keep your pets outdoors or contained in one area. Eliminate all traces of pets, including odors, pet hair and dander in order to create a good impression.  Be sure litter boxes or rodent cages are cleaned daily.  The same rule applies for smokers, so get rid of all ashtrays and all remnants of cigarettes.
    2. A Home That is Still Personalized
    Home buyers want to be able to see themselves living in a home when they visit a property. If they are unable to visualize themselves living in the home, they won't put an offer on it. So put away all those family photos, personalized knickknacks, and paint walls in neutral colors Take a minimalist approach and leave only artifacts that complement the decor, making sure the space is decluttered.
    3. A Disheveled Yard
    Appearance counts when it comes to home buying, so first impressions are critical. The first thing that home buyers will see is the front yard when they first drive up to your home. If they are greeted by overgrown weeds, dead flowers and a severely cracked driveway, they'll surely be turned off. If, on the other hand, they're greeted by a well manicured yard that's been weeded, flowered and landscaped, they will get a good first impression and be more likely to continue with the tour of the interior.

    4. Outdated Wallpaper and Shag Carpeting
    While there may be a few home buyers out there that share the same affinity for shag carpeting and velvet orange wallpaper as you do, for the most part, home buyers are looking for something that matches their tastes. Having walls and floors in neutral colors and fabrics is your best bet to appeal to the greatest number of home buyers.

  • Spring is Time for Renovations in OakvilleA Quick Guide to Landscaping Surfaces

    Landscaping surfaces sure have come a long way over the past couple of decades, particularly when you think of the old-fashioned and boring poured concrete decks.

    Today, there seems to be an option for just about any taste and budget. Here is a quick guide to landscaping surfaces to increase the curb appeal of your property.

Couple enjoys benefits of a second mortgage at low interest rates.Bricks
Clay bricks are not only incredibly durable, they're also affordable and timeless. You can essentially create any pattern by laying them in specific patterns. They come in a variety of colors and textures, including red, gray and buff. Bricks can be used for any type of landscaping surface, such as patios, paths and driveways.
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Granite blocks have a classic, timeless charm that's tough to duplicate. Their impressive appearance makes for a sophisticated space, while their durability makes them ideal for most surfaces. Individual blocks will vary in depth and size, which can make it a bit of a challenge to level and fit them together precisely. They are "fashionably eco-friendly", and are moderately priced due to their somewhat limited supply.
Terracotta tiles provide a certain amount of warmth to an outdoor space, thanks their Mediterranean color. They come in a number of shapes, sizes and depths, which allows you to create a unique look. Since most are not frost proof, you'll have to take measures to seal them in order to make sure they do not get damaged during particularly cold winters. They offer a safe, non-slip surface, but should be sealed in order to prevent any staining and cracking due to their porosity.
Sandstone consists of small mineral grains, is simple to cut and lay. These stones come in a variety of colors, including rose, gold, white, among others. They also come in all sorts of patterns, including stripes and streaks. Sealing is advised since the color of sandstone tends to darken when wet. Reclaimed sandstone composite is a more affordable option.
Slate is highly modern and stylish, and offers a hardwearing, sophisticated option to cover your outdoor grounds. This fine-grained stone look attractively colorful when wet. Slate is ideal for walkways since the stone is non-slippery when wet )unless it is polished).


Buying or selling first will always be an important question to ponder, and should be answered based on your specific situation, as well as the type of market you find yourself in.


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April 5 & 6 – Oakville Symphony Orchestra Concert at Oakville Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets areavailable online or at the box office.

April 13 – The Ireland House at Oakridge Farm in Burlington is hosting a Sp’eggtacular Easter Event.  Kids can hunt for eggs and meet the Easter bunny from 11 am to 4 pm.

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